Review: BLF Edition AAA - World's thinest CREE XP-G R3 1xAAA - From CNQ

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Review: BLF Edition AAA - World's thinest CREE XP-G R3 1xAAA - From CNQ

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4347   From this thread ! 

 

Specs:

Using CREE XP-E R3  CW/NW
Material: 304 SS
Reflector: Aluminum Alloy OP reflector
Glass Lens
Switch: Stainless Steel tailcap click
Single mode 
Brightness: Hi--80lumens 
Current drawn: 210mA
Battery: 1.2v AAA ;Anti-reverse protection
waterproof IPX 6
Size:76mmx11.5mm
Weight: 13g
Gift Wood box included

BLF price: 15usd free HK mail post shipping 

                ADD 2.5usd to get a registered tracking number

                ADD 1.5usd to get a stainless steel claw

Thanks

Ric

 

Ok , I got the light plus the claw [ Carbiner to some ] 

Here is what I got , the gift box , Claw , spare clicky - lens , and 3 split rings , oh and not forgetting the light . 

 

 

I have to admit , it is a slender flashlight . 

 

 

The above picture shows the lens retaining ring lose , just so you know its there ... 

 

Installing the split ring was fun ... Not !

 

One way to carry it , attached to keys possibly ...

 

And a group shot ... 

 

 Ok lets move onto performance shall we ...

 

 

AA Nimh cells 

All Nimh cells pulled right around 1A , and I measured some 57 to 58 Lumen ... [ 5 cells tested ] 

 

Alkaline Cells 

Here things get a little more interesting , lowest current measured was 0.42A and highest was 0.46A and I got a very consistent 57L output 

 

Lithium Cell

Now here it gets better again , 0.37A and some 57L output  

 

So whats going on , obviously the light is well regulated , and is doing its best to maintain output .. The Nimh cells had the lowest voltage range , from 1.29v to about 1.31v , the Alkaline's were  some 1.57v to 1.61v .. and the lithium's resting voltage was 1.71v or so ...

I dont know if this light is 10440 compatible , and wont risk such ...

 

The build quality looks to be excellent , the one I got , WARM and I mean WARM tint , not incan warm , but certainly on its way ..

Light will tail stand , unless you put the split ring in place . [ Which I did ] 

Clicky is very solid - no issues 

Nicely Machined 

No battery slop 

No PWM I can see 

The Claw - Wow really well made , I hope you ordered one ! 

BLF Edition - wow hard to see the text - stealthy 

Beam quality - I would rate excellent 

No buyers remorse on this one 

 

Its just a real nice light , but what it needs is a clip , dont get me wrong , it works as a keyring light , but a clip would make it a pocket light ...

Even though its stainless steel , its not that heavy , in fact surprisingly not so ..

A solid thumbs up on this one , and I cant see any reason not to give it 10 out of 10 , Im trying real hard to mark it down , but simply cant find any reason not to give the light full marks ...   [ Damn ]  

 

 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

Edited by: sb56637 on 08/26/2014 - 17:12
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Thanks for sharing old4570, It does seemed a lil long compared to the Maratac, lovely light.

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I knew you'd be the first to review! Thanks!

I can barely see the lettering in the group shot (the only one you used flash w/). You got a better view of it by chance?

How does it feel in the pocket w/o the claw? Hopefully unnoticeable!

 

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Old4570 how are you getting lumens measurements?

Thanks.

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Thanks for the review and photo's! I hope engraving wasn't much of a factor in cost Silly haha

 

I might have to get one and I might be the one to take the risk with a 10440 Big Smile

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Length is good for a Clicky torch. The maratac is a twisty, so thats automatically a 5-10mm saving there.

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did 1.5K walk , and yes , went un noticed in the pocket ...  

Lumen measurement VIA light box ... [ take it as a better than rough guide ] 

Sorry camera cant focus  that close ..  [ No macro ] There is a better shot here http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4347?page=2#comment-76589

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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okwchin wrote:

Length is good for a Clicky torch. The maratac is a twisty, so thats automatically a 5-10mm saving there.

That's true, perhaps its slenderness made it looked longer than it should.

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How was your fit between the body and the tail?  I have a notable lip on mine since the diameters aren't exactly the same.

I'm curious if it's just luck of the draw, or they're all like that.

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old4570 wrote:

did 1.5K walk , and yes , went un noticed in the pocket ...  

Lumen measurement VIA light box ... [ take it as a better than rough guide ] 

Sorry camera cant focus  that close ..  [ No macro ] There is a better shot here http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4347?page=2#comment-76589

Thanks Old. Glad it went unnoticed. I guess Ima have to order!

And devman, it does look like your tailcap is a hair wider than the body. I wouldn't mind that since I plan on inside pocket carry. It might be easier to find the clickie end from the extra width (or lip I should say) w/o having to actually look at it or feel for the clickie.

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I want to know how you got yours so quickly. Where is mine?

 

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edc wrote:

I want to know how you got yours so quickly. Where is mine?

Easy, man.  When you're a real addict, you cheat.

I'm visiting my girlfriend in HK again, so it was actually shipped by a local courier instead of HK post.

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Thanks for the review. Looking forward to getting a NW and CW here soon.

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Great review!  Quick question though, how did you get the lens retaining ring out?  It looks to me as if there is nowhere to unscrew it or anything..

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I need a girlfriend in HK

 

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thanks for the review! when can we expect more detail photos (of the driver, led, o-rings?,..) and beamshots, please?

can't wait for mine Smile

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Raining ATM = No beams - Sorry 

Lens retaining ring - grip and twist , maybe try some leather or other grip'y material 

The guts , too small - looks like might be a press fit ??  truthfully , I dont want to stuff this one up ... 

I will take a peak tomorrow and see if I can do it and not damage it 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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devman wrote:

edc wrote:

I want to know how you got yours so quickly. Where is mine?

Easy, man.  When you're a real addict, you cheat.

I'm visiting my girlfriend in HK again, so it was actually shipped by a local courier instead of HK post.

More pics please, if you get the time. Not of your girlfriend either, not with this crowd.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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sorry, didn't mean to imply that you should gut it Smile

white wall or bathroom beamshots with some other known lights would be great until it stops raining, pretty please

and are there any o rings at all? id doesn't look rainproof

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Yeah  no O rings , but the only way in for water would be the clicky , the rest appears to be tight tolerances ..

This is not a foul weather light , if you need to use it in the rain , protect the clicky ..

The light is small enough to fit in your hand .

White wall , yeah I can do that ... 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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CNQ AAA  

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Thanks for the beamshot... maybe a mouse-over with the Maratac on high? Do you own the DQG Tiny II (neutral) by coincidence?

Any idea where the additional power goes on NiMH compared to alkas? (heat/efficiency)

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Voltage ....

Looks like the driver is working hard to maintain current to the emitter , and efficiency increases with voltage ...

1.3v x 1A = 1.3Watt 

1.7v x 0.37A = 0.629W  

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The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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 Thanks a ton... that tint is really nice. Might have to get one... like you said... only thing missing is a pocket clip.

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You collected more stuff in the yard since you took all the other photo's Big Smile haha

 

Thanks for the comparison. That is a nice tint, indeed. This seems to outperform the BLF Tank and at a slightly lower price even (over all, not in lumens).

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weiser701 wrote:

This seems to outperform the BLF Tank and at a slightly lower price even (over all, not in lumens).

And this is a single-mode which is not customized except for the faint printing.

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mfm wrote:

weiser701 wrote:

This seems to outperform the BLF Tank and at a slightly lower price even (over all, not in lumens).

And this is a single-mode which is not customized except for the faint printing.

 

Well.. I guess what I mean is it does what it claims to do and maybe even exceeds that. I don't really care about "BLF" printing on it. I also wasn't starting a BLF Tank vs CQG AAA flame war. I was merely comparing similar flashlights so we'll leave it at that.

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Very nice review, thanks a lot Old! Only thing missing is a pocket clip and a few modes, in my opinion.

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That is a VERY nice tint..hmmm

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More pics please, if you get the time. Not of your girlfriend either, not with this crowd.

Sorry man.  'My' new flashlight is now riding comfortably in her purse.

Ahwell, at least I didn't get in trouble for buying another one AND I get my R5A3 back!

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